What Can I Do?
- Encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of Career Services ~ we have a lot to offer: from choosing a major to finding that full-time job after graduation.
- Promote your daughter or son to be proactive. The earlier they begin thinking about choosing a career, the more likely they will be satisfied with their decision. This long-term planning will assist them in staying on track. It will also raise awareness of factors such as job market demand, salary ranges, long-range opportunities, skills required, etc.
- While not all employers stress a high Grade Point Average (GPA), it is important to support your son or daughter to make academics a high priority beginning in their first year. College life is challenging, so it is important to allow for an adjustment period. If they have one semester with a low GPA, it may take several semesters to raise their GPA back up again.
- Have your son or daughter obtain marketable skills in some of the following areas:
Computer skills (programming, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, email, Internet),
Quantitative skills (accounting, statistics, economics),
Communication skills (writing, public speaking),
Marketing (sales, publicity, fund raising)
Scientific skills (lab skills, scientific research, technical writing),
Foreign Language (Spanish, Chinese, Russian),
Leadership skills (extracurricular leadership roles, teamwork, time management, supervisory).
- Get involved! Many employers value leadership activities even more than GPA. It is more important for your son or daughter to be involved in a few meaningful leadership roles on campus than to be a member of many campus clubs. This experience will not only be a resume builder, but also give your daughter or son the opportunity to gain some of the above-mentioned marketable skills.
- Help your student network with individuals you know who are employed in fields he/she is interested in. Encourage him/her to meet with these people, ask questions, and find out all they can about their intended field. See our page on informational interviewing for more details.
- Stress to your student the importance of planning now for the job search process. While we are all in favor of students enjoying their college experiences to the fullest, all too often we see students who have no idea what they want to do with their lives - sometimes THE MONDAY AFTER THEY GRADUATE! Help us prevent this from happening to your son or daughter. We're here to help, and the sooner we are contacted by your student, the better job we can do of preparing them for life and employment after college. Check out information from our annual Graduate Survey here
- The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has some useful information on their website about parenting a college student or a college-bound student. Click here to access this webpage.